351st Bomb Group

Polebrook, England

Group Mission #172

Credited Mission #166

 
DATE: 18 July 1944
Target: Hydrogen peroxide plant, Peenemunde, Germany
 
Briefing Outline:
  1. Airplane and Crew Assignment Check.

  2. Time Schedule:
     ____ Box
    Stations   –0430
    Start Engines –0440
    Taxi     –0450
    Take Off   –0505
    Lead & Deputies off at –0500

  3. Targets:
    Primary: Peenemunde Buzz bomb experimental station Hydrogen peroxide plant
    Secondary: Kiel Harbor facilities (visual or PFF)
    Last Resort: PFF primary – buzz bomb ex. sta. [Experimental Station]
        –PFF Secondary - Kiel

  4. Loading:
    351 “A”: 10 x 500 1/10 – 1/40
    351 “B”:
    Composite:
    Nickels [Propaganda Leaflets] in Ship # - None
    Chaff: All ships 1 min. before IP [Initial Point of Bomb Run] for 13 min. (Carrying 312 units)

  5. Gasoline Loading: 2700 gallons
    Remarks: ____

  6. Wing Formation94th (A) CBW94th (B) CBWComp. GroupComp. CBW
    Lead401st351st
    Low401st351st
    High457th457th

  7. Division Formation:
    PositionCBW [Combat Wing]TargetDeparture Time at Coast
    Lead94 APeenemunde
    2nd94 BPeenemunde
    3rd1 APeenemunde
    4th40 APeenemunde
    5th41 AZinnowitz
    6th41 BPeenemunde
    7th1 BPeenemunde
    8th40 BPeenemunde
    2nd Division
    3rd Division
    Marauders
    RAF [Royal Air Force]

    Remarks: ____

  8. Fighter Cover:
    • [Force][Latitude & Longitude][Call Sign]
      _________ _______  ______ 

  9. Group Assembly:
    BoxAltitudePlace
    Lead8,000'Glatton
    Low6,500'Glatton

  10. Navigator - _____
  11. S-2 - _____
  12. Weather - _____
  13. Special Instructions to Gunners, Bombardiers, and Radio Operators:
    A. Type of Bombing Formation - ____
    B. A/C # Leader Take picture of formation and also Bombing.
    C. A/C # D-146, R-156, U-216 & S-512 Return early (Camera Ships)
     Intervalometer - Salvo
     If [you] pass over Anklam, camera ships take pictures of A/C plant if visible.

  14. Squadron Leaders and Group Deputy report to Target Room. All but Pilots Dismissed.

  15. (A) Code Words –
    PFF Bombing –Sweet Sue
    Visual Bombing -____
    Authenticator –____
    Recall -Buffalo Bill Cody
    Weather Code -BATIV
    Release "CHAFF" -Tin Hat

    Reference Altitude – 18,000’
    Wx [Weather] A/C – Tipstaff “P”

    (B) Call Signs:
    Call SignFlaresRemarks
    351st LeadWoodcraft Baker LeadRY [Red Yellow]
    351st BWoodcraft Baker LowR [Red]
    401st A
    401st B
    457th A
    457th BWoodcraft Baker HighG
    Composite
    1st C.B.W.
    40th C.B.W.
    41st C.B.W.
    Composite C.B.W.

    (C)
    U.S. FightersBalance Two
    R.A.F. Fighters
     BombersVinegrove 2-2
    U.S. Grnd. ControlColgate
    R.A.F. Grnd. Control

    Control Points:Fighter Reference Points:
    ___________
    ___________

    Remarks: ____

    (D)
    Colors of the Day
    TimeColorLetterChallenge
    0200 – 0800RRRGQ
    0800 – 1400RGCS
    1400 – 2000RYIJ

    (E) Ships To Monitor [Radio Channels A, B, C & D]
    1. - All except:
    2. - Chapman-K-252, Matre-D-077, Myl-Y-216, Long-Z-046
    3. - McAffee-O-595, Sutton-R-156, Dawson-Y-108, Harmon-A-702
    4. - ____

  16. Let-Down on Glatton Buncher, if overcast.
    351st A   030° Mag. [Magnetic Compass Heading]
    351st B   015° Mag. [Magnetic Compass Heading]
    401st A   ___° Mag.
    457th A   045° Mag.

  17. Flying Control. –
    1. Taxi Plan.
    2. Emergency Fields. - Ludham - 52°43N-01°33’E.
    3. Landing Aids.

  18. Special Instructions:
    1. Spares turn back at 03° E.
    2. If assembly altitude is changed we will announce on the odd minute. “A” Wing on even Minute.
    3. Wing leader will announce regular Tin Hat 1 min. before IP.
    4. VHF SILENCE.
    5. Maypole One gives Wx [Weather] 20 min. prior to Lead CBW arrival then to Secondary if necessary.


Operational Narrative – Lead and Low Boxes of 94th Combat “B” Wing:
  1. General Narrative. Forty aircraft were scheduled to take off for the mission of 18 July, 1944 to fly as the Lead and Low Boxes of the 94th “B” Combat Wing. Two PFF ships and four flying spares were to be included in the formation of two twenty ship boxes.
     Take off was delayed approximately seventeen minutes when a ship blocked the end of the runway. Take off was made by the forty aircraft at 0523 – 0553 hours. The assembly of the two groups and of the Combat Wing formation was carried out as planned over the Glatton Buncher, and departure from the assembly point was made five minutes late as a result of the late take off.
     The Combat Wing was in formation at the time of departure from the Buncher. The departure point from the coast was cut short by three miles in order that the wing would fill its proper position in the Division Formation.
     The route was flown with slight variations from the briefed course. Mickey was used in navigation. A PFF bombing run was made, but the target was not obscured by clouds, and the bombardier took over and made a visual run. The Combat Wing Leader announced PFF bombing over VHF at the IP [Initial Point of Bomb Run]. After turning on the IP, the Combat Wing Leader changed to a visual run, which necessitated the high and low groups taking interval. At that time, the low group called the high group and told it that it could bomb second, knowing that they would have to make a 360° turn to get into position otherwise. The low box made a double drift to the left and rolled out on the last turn into the target directly upwind. The formation of the lead and low groups while over the target was good.
     Let down was started as briefed, just after leaving the Target. The Lead Group essed to pick up the high and low groups. Wing formation was completed in a few minutes after bombing, and the return route was flown close to the briefed route.
     No further difficulties were encountered by the lead group. The main difficulty experienced was the short time allowed for the assembly of the formation after the late take off.
     No enemy fighter opposition was encountered. Flak in the target area was meager and inaccurate. Friendly fighter support was excellent.
     Landings were made at 1316 – 1347 hours.
  2. Aircraft Not Attacking. Two flying spares from each box returned early. There were no other failures to attack.
  3. Aircraft Lost. No aircraft were lost in the mission of 18 July, 1944.
  4. Combat Wing Air Commander and Group Leader.: Major Leonard B. Roper, flying in aircraft 42-97638 led the 94th “B” Combat Wing. Captain Donald A. Gaylord led the Low Group in aircraft 42-97381.
  5. PFF Aircraft: PFF Aircraft 42-97638 and 42-97601 were used by the 351st Group as the lead and deputy lead ships in the lead box of the 94th “B” Combat Wing.
     PFF Aircraft 42-97687 and 42-97649 were loaned to the 401st Group to be used in the same positions in the 94th “A” Combat Wing.
     All four aircraft are reported as having attacked their assigned targets.

[Signed] Clinton F. Ball, Lt. Colonel, Air Corps, Operations Officer


Bombardier’s Narrative – Lead Box – 94th “B” CBW:

Group: 351st
Target: Peenemunde, Germany
Method of Bombing: Visual
Altitude: 25,000’
Direction of Attack: 220° Mag. Heading
Wind Direction: 142°
Wind Velocity: 26 K
Bombardier’s Narrative: Made run in Combat Wing formation due to clouds. Before reaching target, clouds opened up and a visual run was made. Flak was moderate. C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] was used. Briefed aiming point was identified 60 seconds before “Bombs Away”. Results were observed to be good.
 A normal turn was made at the initial point.

[Signed:] Allan D. Behrendt, Captain, Air Corps, Lead Bombardier, Lead Box 94th “B” CBW



Bombardier’s Narrative – Low Box – 94th “B” CBW:

Group: 351st
Target – Peenemunde, Germany
Method of Bombing: Visual
Altitude: 23,600’
Direction of Attack: 225° Magnetic Heading
Wind Direction: 220°
Wind Velocity: 40 K
Bombardier’s Narrative: Flak was heavy over the target area. No trouble was encountered. C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] was used. Aiming point was identified 120 seconds before “Bombs Away”. Aiming point used was the assigned aiming point. Results were observed to be good. A normal turn was made at the initial point.

[Signed:] Joseph Loiacono, 1st Lt., Air Corps, Lead Bombardier



Combat Bombing Flight Record – Lead Box 94th “B” CBW:

Bombardier - Captain Behrendt, Allan D.  Pilot - Captain Holsapple, Harry B. Navigator - 1st Lt. Gwyn, Billy V.
Aircraft B-17G   Z-638  Take-off - 0522 Landed - 1320
Objective - Peenemunde, Germany
Aiming Point (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] - As briefed.
Initial Point - As briefed.
Method of Attack - Group
No. of Attacking A/C in Group: - 18   Composite Group - ____
Number A/C Dropping Bombs by own Sighting Operation: ONE
Deflection and Range Sighting, Group: ____   Composite Group - ____
Range Sighting only, Group - ____   Composite Group - ____
Bombs, Types and Sizes - 500 LB. AN M43 G.P.’s [General Purpose] & 1 Sky Marker
Number of Bombs Loaded - 10   Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - 1/10   Tail - 1/40
Synchronization - On
Information at Release Point:

Altitude of Target - 10'Magnetic Heading Ordered 232° Actual 220°
True Altitude Above Target - 25,000'True Heading 215°
Indicated Altitude - 25,580’Drift, Estimated 10° Left - Actual 5° Left
Pressure Altitude of Target -103True Track 210°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 13,131'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150 M.P.H.B.S. Type - M-9
True Air Speed - 227 M.P.H.Time of Release 1002
Ground Speed Est. 236 Actual 189Length of Bombing Run - 41 Miles
Wind Direction Metro - 330° Actual - 142°Intervalometer Setting - Salvo
Wind Velocity Metro 35K Actual 26K C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] X [Used]
D.S. - 124.6  Trail - 60   ATF - 42.28A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .51 Actual .48 Manual Pilot - ____

Type of Release - Salvo
Point of Impact If Seen - On Target
Mean Temp. Metro -4.5 Actual ____
Winds - Altitude - 25,000 Ft.  Direction - Metro 330°  Actual 142°  Velocity - Metro 35K  Actual 26K
Temp C. - Metro -26° C. Actual -__° C.



Combat Bombing Flight Record – Low Box 94th “B” CBW:

Bombardier - 1st Lt. Loiacono, Joseph  Pilot - Captain Gaylord, Donald A. Navigator - 1st Lt. Korf, Leonard L.
Aircraft # U-381  Take-off - 0500  Landed - 1330
Objective - Peenemunde, Germany
Aiming Point (MPI) [Mean Point of Impact] - As briefed.
Initial Point - As briefed.
Method of Attack - Group
Number of Attacking A/C in Group - 18    Composite Group - ____
Number A/C Dropping Bombs by own sighting operation - ONE
Deflection and Range sighting, Group - ____   Composite Group - ____
Range Sighting only, Group - ____    Composite Group - ____
Bombs, Types and Sizes - 500 LB. AN M43 G.P.’s
Number of Bombs Loaded - 10    Released - Same
Fusing, Nose - 1/10    Tail - 1/40
Synchronization - On
Information at Release Point:

Altitude of Target - 10'Magnetic Heading Ordered 232° Actual 225°
True Altitude Above Target - 23,600’True Heading 220°
Indicated Altitude - 24,000Drift, Estimated 10° Left - Actual 2° Left
Pressure Altitude of Target -163True Track 222°
Altimeter Setting 29.92Actual Range 12,700'
Calculated Indicated Air Speed - 150B.S. Type - M-9
True Air Speed - 224Time of Release 1003
Ground Speed Est. 233 Actual ___Length of Bombing Run - 6 Min. [Minutes]
Wind Direction Metro - 330° Actual - 220°Intervalometer Setting - Salvo
Wind Velocity Metro 40K Actual 40K C-1 Pilot [Autopilot] X [Used]
D.S. - 127.4  Trail - 59   ATF - 41.3A-5 Pilot _____
Tan. D.A, Est. .52 Actual .49 Manual Pilot _____

Type of Release - Salvo
Point of Impact If Seen - On Target
Mean Temp. Metro -4.5 Actual _____
Winds - Altitude - 23,600 Ft.  Direction - Metro 330° Actual 220° Velocity - Metro 40K Actual 40K
Temp C. - Metro -27° C. Actual __° C.



Preliminary Damage Assessment:
  1. The target for the lead and low boxes of this group was the experimental establishment at Peenemunde, Germany. Photo cover was complete for both boxes.
  2. The bombs of the lead box fell in the target area of the Electrolytic hydrogen plant and scored at least three direct hits on the building. Four unidentified buildings adjacent to the plant are covered with bursts and a heavy concentration landed on the main steam pipe line connecting the power plant with the main establishment. The pattern is 2,336 feet by 1,680 feet with the center of the pattern 900 feet short of the briefed MPI [Mean Point of Impact].
  3. The bombs of the low box fell in a concentrated pattern on the main steam and power plant. Both the plant and two large buildings next to it are completely covered with bursts. Damage should be heavy. The pattern is 1,900 feet by 1,345 feet with the center of the pattern 300 feet short of the briefed MPI.
[Signed:] Thomas L. Cooper, Captain, Air Corps, Group P.I. [Photo Intelligence]


Intelligence S-2 Reports:
  1. No leaflets were carried.
  2. Bombing for both Groups was excellent. Both hit their briefed target. The pattern of the lead group was scattered; the pattern for the low group was compact.
  3. Nil. No claims [of Enemy Aircraft shot down].
  4. Flak at the target was moderate and inaccurate, many of the bursts appearing both above and below our altitude. Meager and inaccurate flak was observed at Heligoland, Flensburg and Eckernforde. Moderate flak generally inaccurate, was encountered at Amrumbank, Fehmarn, Kiel and Kappeln.
  5. Weather was 8-10/10ths during most of the mission, but breaks in the clouds at the target made good visual bombing possible.
  6. A great deal of enemy shipping was observed between 54°20’N and 55°N to 11°50’E and 12°13’E [NW of Rostock, Denmark to SW of Malmo, Denmark] but no large convoys were reported. The A/C [Aircraft] factory and Aerodrome at Anklam appeared to be in operation with at least 11 of the buildings apparently in good condition. There were 12 twin-engine A/C on the field.
  7. PFF A/C flew with this group but were used only for navigational aids. Fighter support was very good.


Track Chart:
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A.A. Gunfire (Flak) Report:

1. Target: Assigned - Peenemunde  Bombed - Peenemunde
2. Route as Flown. - As briefed.
3. Weather Conditions - A. at Target. - Clear in immediate target area  B. En route - 8–10/10 cloud
4. Were our A/C "Seen" or "Unseen" targets? (a) At Target - Seen (b) Enroute - Probably unseen
 Any Condensation Trails? - No
5. Description of Flak, including type of Fire Control: Moderate, inaccurate for both height and deflection. Bursts appeared to be tracking the wing ahead of us. Several small boxes of bursts appeared when our Wing was over the target. Many of the bursts were both above and below our altitude.
6. Flak encountered or observed en route. (In the order experienced) -
 Heligoland, 0830, 20,000’ - Meager, observed.
 Flensburg, 0846, 20,000’ - Meager, low and inaccurate.
 Amrumbank [Amrum Bank], 0830, 20,000’ - Moderate, inaccurate.
 Eckernforde, 0849, 20,000’ - Meager, high and inaccurate.
 Fehmarn, 1036, 25,000’ - Meager, inaccurate.
 Kiel, 1042, 23,000’ - Moderate, observed.
 Kappeln, 1051, 22,000’ - Moderate, inaccurate.
7. Was Chaff carried? - Yes How discharged? As briefed.
8. Position of Group - Lead and Low
9. Group – Lead A/C over enemy terr. – 18, A/C damaged – 0, A/C lost to flak – 0, Time over Target – 1002, 
Time of bombs away – 1002, Height – 25,000’, Axis of attack – 220° Mag. Bomb run – 10 miles
Group – Low A/C over enemy terr. – 18, A/C damaged – 0, A/C lost to flak – 0, Time over Target – 1003½, 
Time of bombs away – 1003½, Height – 23,600’, Axis of attack – 225° Mag. Bomb run – 6 miles
10. Comments - Phenomena: None



Combat Crew Comments:

    508th Squadron
A/C 082-B: There was continual conversation on VHF all the way in and back. - Lt. Longa.
A/C 146-D: Truck was not out when we landed; had to wait for over ½ hour. - Lt. Jizmejian.
A/C 004-H: Transportation poor again. - Lt. Miller.
A/C 727-N: Good lead. Truck 45 minutes late; the men are worn out after mission and it makes them mad to wait. - Lt. Condon.

    509th Squadron
A/C 156-R: Air speed low during entire mission. - Lt. Sutton.
A/C 926-X: Formation today was very good. - Lt. Whitaker.
A/C 595-O: A/C B-492 couldn’t stay in formation and flew all over the sky. - Lt. McAffee.

    510th Squadron
A/C 077-D: Fighter support very good. Best bombing formation in a long time. - Lt. Matre.

    511th Squadron
A/C 139-K: Send trucks out to planes sooner on landing. - Lt. Cosgrove.
A/C 153-F: Good lead – good fighter cover. - Lt. Uttley.
A/C 216-Y: Transportation is still bad. Security is bad in drying room. Navigation room was not checked for security this mission. - All Officers.
A/C 046-Z: Good lead – good fighter cover. - Lt. Long.

[Signed] Robert P. Ramsey, Major, Air Corps, Group S-2 [Intelligence]



Mission Summary Report:
  1. Abortives and Flying Spares:
    1. Airplane No. 42-31560, 510th Squadron, returned early as planned. (Reason: Flying Spare).
    2. Airplane No. 42-31509, 510th Squadron, returned early as planned. (Reason: Flying Spare).
    3. Airplane No. 43-37515, 510th Squadron, returned early as planned. (Reason: Flying Spare).
    4. Airplane No. 42-37524, 511th Squadron, returned early as planned. (Reason: Flying Spare).
  2. Battle Damage:
    1. None

[Signed:] Carl A. Ekblad, Captain, Air Corps, Group Engineering Officer


Armament Report:
  1. The following armament failure was reported on the Mission of 18 July, 1944.
    1. A/C 42-97318 – The right rack failed to salvo and was toggled out two minutes late. The salvo-micro switch has been replaced. (Mechanical)
[Signed:] Michael Steele, CWO, USA, Group Armament Officer


Aircraft Returning Early:

Aircraft No. 1560 Squadron - 510   Pilot - Konecheck
Time of Abortive - ___  Location when Aborted - ___
Reason For Abortive - ___
Disposition of Bombs: ___
Altitude At Time of Aborting: ____
Enemy Opposition Encountered - ____
Remarks: SPARE
[Signed] [No Signature]



Aircraft No. 7515 Squadron - 510   Pilot - Fultz
Time of Abortive - ____  Location when Aborted - ____
Reason For Abortive - ____
Disposition of Bombs: ____
Altitude At Time of Aborting: ____
Enemy Opposition Encountered - ____
Remarks: SPARE
[Signed] [No Signature]



Aircraft No. 7524 Squadron - 511   Pilot - Mertzlufft - Morton
Time of Abortive - 0724  Location when Aborted - 53°49’N-03°00”E [Mid-Channel due East of Hull, England]
Reason For Abortive - Flying Spare
Disposition of Bombs: Brought back.
Altitude At Time of Aborting: 8,500’
Enemy Opposition Encountered - None
Remarks: ____
[Signed] D. J. Mertzlufft, 2nd Lt., Air Corps



Aircraft No. 1509 Squadron - 509   Pilot - Cunningham
Time of Abortive - 0724  Location when Aborted - 53°47’N-03°00”E [Mid-Channel due East of Hull, England.]
Reason For Abortive - Flying Spare
Disposition of Bombs: Returned Bombs
Altitude At Time of Aborting: 6,000’
Enemy Opposition Encountered - None
Remarks: None
[Signed] William J. Cunningham, 2nd Lt., Air Corps.



“J” Form:
  1. Last Four numbers and Call Letter of A/C in each Squadron:
    a. 94th "B" Combat Wing   Lead Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: Z–7601 PFF Deputy Lead, N–7727, F–1711, K–7557, D–8146, C–7843
    Sqdn 509th A/C: O–7595, R–6156, Z–7696
    Sqdn 510th A/C: Z–7638 PFF Lead, K–7252, C–2576, M–7196, D–7077, T–7705, (L–7515 Flying Spare)
    Sqdn 511th A/C: A–1238, X–7571, B–7492, (D–7524 Flying Spare)
    P.F.F. Sqdn ___ A/C: ___

    b. 94th "B" Combat Wing   Low Group
    Sqdn 508th A/C: B–7349, H–8004, G–2949, A–1702
    Sqdn 509th A/C: P–7193, L–7676, Y–6108, X–7926, u–7216
    Sqdn 510th A/C: B–6082, S–7512, (A–1560, V–1509 Flying Spares)
    Sqdn 511th A/C: U–7381, H–2952, K–6139, Y–7216, F–8153
    P.F.F. Sqdn ___ A/C: Z–7046, S–7318
  2. Target: GU-4387
  3. W/T and R/T Operational Call Sign of each Squadron:
    Squadron508 [Call Sign]W/T TWS R/T CARLTONSquadron510 [Call Sign]W/T SWQ R/T TIPSTAFF
    Squadron509 [Call Sign]W/T UPC R/T HOTMINTSquadron511 [Call Sign]W/T KJD R/T PARTNERSHIP
  4. a. Lead Box: Taxi – 0450; Take-Off – 0505; E.T.D. Field – 0505
    b. Low Box: Taxi – ____; Take-Off – ____; E.T.D. Field – ____
  5. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing English Coast: (OUT)
    06368,000 Ft Louth
  6. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (IN)
    082820,000 Ft 54°37'N-08°22'E [Southern end of Amrum Island, Germany]
  7. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing Enemy Coast: (Out)
    110720,000 Ft 54°37'N-08°22'E [Southern end of Amrum Island, Germany]
  8. Time:Height:  Place of Crossing English Coast: (IN)
    12575,000 Ft Cromer
  9. E.T.R.(Estimated Time of Return) Base: 1325 Hours
  10. MF/DF [Medium Frequency/Direction Finder] Section: "G"
  11. Bomb load of Each A/C: Lead Box
    508 Squadron: 10 x 500# GP [General Purpose] 1/10 Nose x 1/40 Tail [Fuses]
    509 Squadron: 10 x 500# GP [General Purpose] 1/10 Nose x 1/40 Tail [Fuses]
    510 Squadron: 10 x 500# GP [General Purpose] 1/10 Nose x 1/40 Tail [Fuses]
    511 Squadron: 10 x 500# GP [General Purpose] 1/10 Nose x 1/40 Tail [Fuses]


    Bomb load of Each A/C: "B" Hi Box
    508 Squadron: 10 x 500# GP [General Purpose] 1/10 Nose x 1/40 Tail [Fuses]
    509 Squadron: 10 x 500# GP [General Purpose] 1/10 Nose x 1/40 Tail [Fuses]
    510 Squadron: 10 x 500# GP [General Purpose] 1/10 Nose x 1/40 Tail [Fuses]
    511 Squadron: 10 x 500# GP [General Purpose] 1/10 Nose x 1/40 Tail [Fuses]
  12. Fuel Load of each A/C: 2700 Gallons
  13. Group Leader:
    a. Lead Box: Name: Roper, L.B. Rank: Major A/C: z-7638  Sqdn. 510th
    b. Low Box: Name: Gaylord, D.A. Rank: Capt. A/C: U-7381 Sqdn. 511th
  14. Passengers, if any: (Full Name, Rank, A/C and Squadron Passenger flying with)
    None
  15. PFF A/C: A-7687 and J-7649 Dispatched Deenethorpe.
  16. Actual Times Off and Return by Squadrons and A/C Letters:

    Lead Box
    SquadronA/C No. & LetterA.T.O.A.T.R.SquadronA/C No. & LetterA.T.O.A.T.R.
    508Z–601________509O–595________
    N–727________R–156________
    F–711________Z–696________
    K–557________
    D–146________
    C–843________
    510Z–638________511A–238________
    K–252________X–571________
    C–576________B–492________
    F–124________Flying SpareD–524________
    D–077________
    T–705________
    Flying SpareL–515________


    Low Box
    SquadronA/C No. & LetterA.T.O.A.T.R.SquadronA/C No. & LetterA.T.O.A.T.R.
    508B–349________509P–193________
    H–004________L–767________
    G–949________Y–108________
    A–702________X–926________
    X–J________U–216________
    X–N________
    510B–082________511U–381________
    S–512________H–952________
    Flying SpareA–560________K–139________
    Flying SpareV–509________Y–216________
    F–153________
    Z–046________
    S–318________

    Report Compiled By John Maksimik, S/Sgt.



Formation Chart:
Lead Box Formation at Take–Off and Over Target
510th Squadron
Roper–Holsapple
A/C 42-97638 Z PFF
Chapman
A/C 42-97252 K
White
A/C 42-97601 Z PFF
Walker, C.M.
A/C 42-102576 C
Matre
A/C 42-107077 D
Whitten
A/C 42-107124 F
508th Squadron511th Squadron
Condon
A/C 43-37727 N
Karagiannis
A/C 42-31238 A
Edwards
A/C 43-37557 K
Van Sandt
A/C 42-31711 F
Brackens
A/C 42-97492 B
Bjoring
A/C 43-37571 X
Lord
A/C 43-37705 T
McAfee
A/C 43-37595 O
Jizmejian
A/C 42-38146 D
Dreyer
A/C 42-97843 C
Johnston
A/C 43-37696 Z
Sutton
A/C 44-6156 R
Fultz
A/C 42-37515 L Spare
Mertzlufft–Morton
A/C 43-37524 D Spare

Flying Spares returned as planned.

Low Box Formation at Take–Off and Over Target
511th Squadron
Gaylord–Woodrum
A/C 42-97381 U
Merrill
A/C 44-6139 K
Crews–Dingle
A/C 42-102952 H
Myl
A/C 42-107216 Y
Long
A/C 42-107046 Z
Uttley
A/C 42-38153 F
509th Squadron508th Squadron
Downing
A/C 42-97193 P
Crabb
A/C 42-97349 B
Walker, M.R.
A/C 42-97318 S
Stewart
A/C 43-37676 L
Longa
A/C 44-6082 B
Miller
A/C 42-98004 H
Dawson
A/C 44-6108 Y
Muhleman
A/C 42-102949 G
Hibbard
A/C 42-97216 U
Whitaker
A/C 42-97926 X
Harmon
A/C 42-31702 A
Hurley
A/C 43-37512 S
Cunningham
A/C 42-31509 V Spare
Konecheck
A/C 42-31560 A Spare

Flying Spares returned as planned.

Time Schedule:
Zero Hour:0630 DBST [Double British Standard Time]  Briefing: 0200  Stations: 0430  Start Engines: 0440  Taxi: 0450
Take-Off: 0505 Leave Base: 0505 [Breakfast: Gunners 0030, Officers 0100]

 [Wounded - 0]
The above records were obtained at the National Archives Records Administration and have been declassified by authority NND 745005
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